Mother of fallen soldier William Aldridge 14 days into hunger strike

Lucy Aldridge from Bredenbury has told the Hereford Times she is on hunger strike

William died in 2009. At 18 he was the youngest soldier killed in service.

First published in News

THE mother of the youngest British soldier to be killed in Afghanistan is continuing her hunger strike.

“I am obviously feeling a bit lower energy wise than I normally would and I am a bit tired,” said Lucy Aldridge, who began the protest 13 days ago on November 25.

“As long as my children are happy and healthy, this will continue for as long as it doesn’t pose too great a health risk for me.”

Lucy, from Bredenbury, has told her sons George, nine, and Archie, seven, about her hunger strike after her oldest son saw her story on the front page of last week’s Hereford Times.

“I had to explain to George and reassure him,” said Lucy.

“The children are excited about Christmas and not overly concerned as they trust what I am doing.”

Lucy started her protest against the reduction of her benefits because of the deathin- service (DIS) payment she received when Rifleman William Aldridge died at the age of 18 in 2009.

She said the result of the payment was to deprive her of £300 a week in benefits.

She is now compaigning for better treatment for the families of unmarried soldiers who die in battle.

“This is not a personal thing – this is about looking to the future,” she added.

“The resolution is about the Ministry of Defence and the Department for Work and Pensions working together.”

The 44-year-old, who suffers from a degenerative condition called hypermobility syndrome, is campaigning to have DIS payments made exempt when calculating what benefits can be given to people who have lost a loved one in the armed forces She said the DWP treats the DIS payment as savings, which she believes is wrong.

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1:55pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Roger J says...

I wish her all the luck with her protest but as I've recently found out the DWP don't do listening & there isn't an ounce of common sense between the lot of them because they've all been brainwashed by the likes of Herr Duncan Schmidt & Herr "Silk Cushions" Hoban
I wish her all the luck with her protest but as I've recently found out the DWP don't do listening & there isn't an ounce of common sense between the lot of them because they've all been brainwashed by the likes of Herr Duncan Schmidt & Herr "Silk Cushions" Hoban Roger J
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9:46am Mon 10 Dec 12

TJHooker says...

Please do not give this selfish greedy woman anymore press time. If she had put the money into trusts for the two younger boys as her eldest son had requested at the very beginning, all of this would not be necessary!! Instead greed got the better and she decided to keep the money for herself, now she is being told and correctly so to pay her way in life the same as everyone else.
Please do not give this selfish greedy woman anymore press time. If she had put the money into trusts for the two younger boys as her eldest son had requested at the very beginning, all of this would not be necessary!! Instead greed got the better and she decided to keep the money for herself, now she is being told and correctly so to pay her way in life the same as everyone else. TJHooker
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4:58pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Ubique5740 says...

Thought long and hard before I decided to comment. First of all I must declare an interest. My son is serving in the RAF Regiment. He has been to Afganistain twice. One of my daughter in laws is an officer again in the RAF she is in Afganistain at the moment on her 3rd tour.
I never want to go through what Mrs. Aldridge has been through, she gets my full sympathy for her loss.
However, doing a hunger strike will only effect her health detrimentally .her two sons will then suffer through worry etc. As I understand it Mrs Aldridge was given a total of £218,000 for her very sad loss. She should have taken financial advice and has been said previously , perhaps setting up a Trust Fund would have helped all concerned.
Mrs Aldridge please reconsider what you are doing.Thank you.
Thought long and hard before I decided to comment. First of all I must declare an interest. My son is serving in the RAF Regiment. He has been to Afganistain twice. One of my daughter in laws is an officer again in the RAF she is in Afganistain at the moment on her 3rd tour. I never want to go through what Mrs. Aldridge has been through, she gets my full sympathy for her loss. However, doing a hunger strike will only effect her health detrimentally .her two sons will then suffer through worry etc. As I understand it Mrs Aldridge was given a total of £218,000 for her very sad loss. She should have taken financial advice and has been said previously , perhaps setting up a Trust Fund would have helped all concerned. Mrs Aldridge please reconsider what you are doing.Thank you. Ubique5740
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